High on a hillside on Highway 89A in Arizona is a fascinating little town named Jerome. It all began in 1876 when copper was found in the hills. Jerome's mind boggling copper mines had literally BILLIONS of pounds of copper extracted ( I know because I watched a video at the Jerome State Historic Park ). The mines were depleted by 1953 and Jerome was almost a ghost town until the hippies moved in!
Apparently there weren't many kids left at the Old Jerome High School so the hippies turned the school into an artist colony and the classrooms all became artist studios.
Wonderful, unique artisans are not just limited to the Old High School. The whole funky hillside town of Jerome is full of quirky galleries, shops and restaurants.
And wherever you are in Jerome if you look north the gorgeous painted desert of Arizona is visible as far as the eye can see.